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The Photographic Life: A Celebration with Sam Abell

CENTER invites you to join us in a very special occasion honoring photographic legend Sam Abell. During CENTER’s annual Review Santa Fe Photo Festival reviewers, photographers, and community members will be present for a reception and dinner that includes a presentation by Sam Abell.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Reception 7pm // Dinner 8pm // Presentation 9pm

Sam Abell’s photographic career spans decades including a tenure at National Geographic Magazine. He is recognized as a much beloved educator, speaker and teacher by hundreds of students who attended his workshops over the years. We are pleased to celebrate Sam’s many accomplishments and recognize all his contributions to the photographic community including the co-founding of the nonprofit that evolved into what is now CENTER. We hope you will join us for an engaging evening with this esteemed artist, prolific image maker, and advocate for photographers.

Reserve Your Seat

Non-member Ticket $135 // Member $121.50 // RSF Festival Pass Holder $121.50

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Make a Donation in Sam’s Name

If you can’t attend in person, you can be there in spirit by making a donation in Sam’s name. Donations go directly to our programs that support photographers. Click the link below, or call Laura at 505-984-8353 or mail a check to PO Box 2483, Santa Fe, NM 87504. We will acknowledge your name or business and it will appear on promotional materials and our website.

Portrait of Sam Abell © Kari Wehrs

Sam Abell’s forty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through lengthy, in-depth assignments for National Geographic, where for thirty years he was a contract and staff photographer. At the same time, he has maintained a career as a teacher, artist and author. He has continued to inspire students as an instructor at the Santa Fe Workshops for over 28 years.

A one-person exhibit and monograph of his work at mid-career titled Stay This Moment was organized by the International Center of Photography in New York in 1990. In 2002 a traveling exhibit and monograph of his work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life was organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum. His other book credits include Seeing Gardens (2000), The Life of a Photograph (2008) and the four volume Abell Library (2014).

Mr. Abell was a founder of the Santa Fe Center of Photography and has been a member of the boards of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and the University of Virginia Museum of Art.

Special Thanks

Thank you to the contributors who made this special evening possible.


Evan Anderman, Ph.D.


Joanna T. Hurley


Nathan Benn

Gay Block

Reid Callanan

Joann Carney

Allan Swartzberg


Bella Forte Designs

Drury Plaza Hotel

Gruet Winery

Marjorie Kaufman

Marilyn Maxwell

Christopher Michel